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Updated at 12:26 PM

We all like an underdog. The written off school team that still plays with heart, the whistle-blower that stands up to do the right thing, or the small business owner that takes a risk and bets on themselves.

Updated at 9:15 AM

If Charles Manson were paroled ó he is 81-years-old and his next parole interview is scheduled for 2027 ó he could sell his jailhouse artwork to the highest bidder without worrying about the government seizing his profits.

Updated May 4, 2016 at 11:01 AM

The days when global oil production was symbolized by Arab states are gone, and important contemporary events confirm a new reality. In mid-April, governments of major oil producing nations failed to achieve agreement on cutting back their...

Updated May 4, 2016 at 10:40 AM

Americans are a study in contradiction.We balk at Grandparents Day in September or Sweetest Day in October, calling them ďHallmark HolidaysĒ ó just another excuse for florists and card shops to take our money.

Posted May 4, 2016 at 10:00 AM

Twenty-two-year-old Bertha Williams was said to be one of the prettiest girls in Jefferson County, Missouri, when Henry Graham married her in 1894. Ten years later, though, their marriage hit the rocks.

Updated May 2, 2016 at 4:25 PM

Carl Bernstein is a legend.He doesnít have any obvious superpowers, but he was part of the discovery and reporting of a story that brought down a President, changed American politics and made adding ďgateĒ to every trivial scandal seem cool.

Updated May 2, 2016 at 12:17 PM

Thereís nothing political about the birth of a child. The desire of parents to be with their new baby, to give it the attention it needs and to bond as a family in those first weeks is pretty universal. Likewise, when a parent is dying, a spouse is...

Updated May 2, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Enjoy a rare gift of being fully present. Walk a labyrinth.

Updated May 2, 2016 at 9:47 AM

Growing up in rural Missouri you learn that farming is not a job, but a way of life and that American farmers are the back bone of our nation.

Updated May 2, 2016 at 9:43 AM

Session is in its final weeks, and unfortunately politics is taking over and good policy is being ignored more and more each day. I took an oath to uphold the Constitution and as more omnibus bills are created, I find myself hitting the...

Updated Apr 30, 2016 at 12:13 PM

April 24-30 is National Reentry Week. Reentry is a correctional term of art that encompasses the release of prisoners in federal, state and local lock-ups who are making the transition from prison to the community.

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